Episodes (US): Season 1 (2011)

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Episodes (US)

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Hollywood satires have been done for decades, but Episodes' strong central performance and complex human relationships elevate its familiar premise.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 9, 2011
2
Air date: Jan 16, 2011
3
Air date: Jan 23, 2011
4
Air date: Jan 30, 2011
5
Air date: Feb 6, 2011
6
Air date: Feb 13, 2011
7
Air date: Feb 20, 2011

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Matt LeBlanc takes on the most difficult role of his life---playing Matt LeBlanc---in this TV-industry satire. Married Brits, Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan), come to the United States to produce a sitcom based on their hit UK programme, only to find that the new series is to be radically Americanised. In the series opener, upon their arrival in Hollywood the Lincolns discover the network honcho (John Pankow) wants to replace their choice of leading man, a classically trained actor (Richard Griffiths), with a "huge star, hysterically funny" and an American audience favourite, cue Matt LeBlanc. LeBlanc plays himself as a self-involved, arrogant, egotistical, serial bedder of women, be they single, married or involved. And he did it so well that he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Throughout Series 1, Matt battles personally and professionally with Beverly, who hates California and can't wait to get back to England, while befriending Sean, who loves sunny California and is in no hurry to return. And as the series comes to a close, something or someone has got to give, but whom?

Cast

Matt LeBlanc
as Matt LeBlanc
Stephen Mangan
as Sean Lincoln
Tamsin Greig
as Beverly Lincoln
John Pankow
as Merc Lapidus
Mircea Monroe
as Morning Randolph
Joseph May
as Andy Button
Daisy Haggard
as Myra Licht
Ben Miller
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Episodes (US) Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

It's a delightfully winky look at the ridiculous LA television industry. As the writers, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg have that British adroit at lampooning American culture, and LeBlanc... is self-aware, self-serving, and, in turn, pretty satisfying.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

LeBlanc pulls it off with poker-faced panache. It's a character who seems ridiculous, yet oh so real. That touch of reality gives "Episodes" its satirical oomph.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

It evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

So far, all involved somehow are doing something very right.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Episodes" is flawless and hilarious.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

We've seen this Hollywood satire countless times before -- and with much greater success.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Episodes is unexpectedly good, sharp and funny -- and knows the territory, because co-creator David Crane was one of the creators of Friends. And he doesn't just focus on Matt LeBlanc, either. Tamsin Grieg, who plays Beverly, is especially a joy.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Even though LeBlanc is supposed to be the joke here, and as much as we like to make fun of him for Joey and that monkey movie Ed, he happens to be a damn funny guy who can hold his own playing a funhouse-mirror version of himself.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The problem with premiere episode, unfortunately, is that it was all set up to the Matt LeBlanc joke... It wasn't that funny. But, I think that once LeBlanc gets involved, it will be.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Episodes (US): Season 1

  • Apr 01, 2018
    How much is Matt LeBlanc like Matt LeBlanc and how much am just watching this show to fill the void 'Friends' left in my heart? Two questions I kept continuously asking myself while watching Episodes. In the series LeBlanc is one of the lead characters, starring as an alternate version of himself, after the screenwriter couple Sean Lincoln (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig) get invited to move to Hollywood, to remake their British show 'Lyman's Boys' for an American audience. In the casting process, LeBanc gets forced onto them as the main character, which creates a lot of friction in the entire production team, especially between Matt and Beverly. Episodes is a great show which wonderfully captures and exaggerates the insincerity of Hollywood's show business and contrasts it with a rather tense British couple. The plot is engaging and fun, though a little predictable at times. Being a LeBlanc fan certainly helps to enjoy the show. Details of his life are changed, for example, him having two sons on the show, instead of a daughter, which makes the show within a show, yet a bit more confusing but does not hugely distract. Frequent references to Matt's role as Joey in 'Friends' and his calm but often questionable attitude towards relationships bring on some good laughs and even out the extreme stiffness of Greig's character. The series has a lot of rather obnoxious personalities crossing paths who on somehow make for a hilarious, balanced and rounded show all things considered. Although I gave the show 4.5/5 starts, do I feel it is important to stress that if it was not for LeBlanc, I would probably not be watching it and wonder if his character can continuously uphold the brilliance of the show in the coming seasons.
  • Jan 06, 2018
    I wish I could "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" the three episodes I saw away.
  • Jul 26, 2016
    I laughed out loud many many times, hilarious!
  • Mar 23, 2016
    The style of humour here clicks with me, all the writing and performances mesh to make a consistently clever and laugh-out-loud season which never seems in any danger of running out of steam.
  • Feb 07, 2016
    (Written after Season 1). Wonderful satire on the entertainment industry. An English couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, respectively), are the creators/producers of a long- running, highly acclaimed and very popular TV show on UK TV, "Lyman's Boys". After receiving yet another award for the show they are approached by a US TV executive. He wants to take them to the US and make a US version of the show. After much haggling and assurances that the show will remain largely unchanged they agree. Once in the US they discover that the proposed show is quite different to the UK version. Their greatest dismay, however, is reserved for the fact that their venerable lead actor is to be replaced by Friends star Matt Le Blanc. Very funny, in an understated English sort of way. Pokes fun at the entertainment industry in a subtle tongue-in-cheek way. Most particularly it satirizes the superficiality and star-obsessed nature of US television. Some good drama too: the fish-out-of-water nature of the two main characters, the culture clashes, the relationship issues. Solid work by Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan in the lead roles. Matt Le Blanc is great as himself (or a alter-ego of himself - some details of his life are changed for the series). Must be difficult to parody yourself with a straight face, and he does it with aplomb.
  • Jan 01, 2016
    Loved this series. Sit-com made for grown ups. Surprisingly good.
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Out of all the under-appreciated comedies on television, this is by far one of the most hilarious.

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